John14:16-18, 26-27 – NOT ALONE
CONSISTENTLY HIS #1 of 4
I love to play Christian Music from the internet on my desktop and on my Smart Phone. We listen to such stations as Rejoice Radio, Family Radio, Hymns and Favorites, Abiding, Bible Broadcast Network, and Fresh Air. One problem I have is that every one of these stations is inconsistent. Sometimes, I turn one on only to find there’s no music but talking. Other times the selections of music they are playing are not as good as I think they usually are.
As a Pastor, I discovered long ago that Christians are inconsistent! Their moods swing, sometimes dramatically, and they struggle with the same sins.
Now, before you start worrying about what I think of you, I confess to you that I have the same inconsistencies. I have grown and matured over the years, and God has given me many victories, but I struggle over certain things still.
If you are like me, and I think you are, you need help being consistent. This is what this series of messages is about. I propose to you that we, as Christians, can grow in our consistency and victories over sin, because we are CONSISTENTLY HIS! As Christians, we belong to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!
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John 1:12-13 – We are God’s children. God cares for us and wants us to be consistent. 1 Peter 1:13-16
When Jesus left the disciples here on earth without Him being here physically, he did not leave them or us alone. He left us with God the Holy Spirit in residence in the life. God the Father and God the Son are still with us as well, but it God the Holy Spirit who will help us in our quest for consistency.
THE HELPING SPIRIT – Vss. 16 & 18
A helper, comforter, or counselor is one who stands right there with you or along side you for the purpose of helping. It means “one called alongside to help.” He is our lawyer, if you will. Notice Jesus said that the Holy Spirit was another Comforter.
Two words for “another” in Greek. One means another of a different kind.
The other word means another of the same kind.
(I brought with me two pairs of mugs. One pair was two different mugs, the second w343 identical.) I have two mugs in my hand. Obviously, they are different. I have two mugs of another, or different kind.
By contrast, here are two other mugs. They are identical. They are of the same kind and exactly alike.
The Holy Spirit is another helper, but He’s got all the same qualities as the Lord Jesus. He’s another helper, just like Jesus, because both are God!
Up until the time Jesus physically left the earth, He was the comforter for this little band of men. Now with Him going back to Heaven to be with the Father, the Holy Spirit would take over. Jesus, when He was here, was physically in their presence. The Holy Spirit works inside of us.
Jesus has not stopped being the Comforter.
While the Spirit is working within us as Comforter, Jesus is working in Heaven as Comforter. 1 John 2:1-2
So then, we have two comforters, one in Heaven and one within us.
Vs. 18 – The Holy Spirit within is the answer to this promise.
This is a tremendous promise for every child of God.
The Holy Spirit is the comforting Spirit. The words of Psalm 23:4 are so true, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
HE IS THE INDWELLING SPIRIT – Vs. 17
Notice that this Spirit, is indeed the Spirit of Jesus Christ, because He is the Spirit of truth. Jesus says, in the beginning of this chapter, I am the way, the truth, and the life… The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, and is, therefore, the Spirit of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit is not ministering comfort to the whole world today. The comfort is just for the Children of God. The world cannot see or receive or know the blessed presence of the Spirit, because it is without the Lord Jesus. The disciples knew the presence of the Spirit with them. Jesus calls the Spirit “He” because He is a real person, not an “it”. He explains that He is with them.
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit in John 7:37-39
Of course, it was on the Day of Pentecost that the Spirit began to indwell believers. He indwells us today!
1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:9
THE ABIDING SPIRIT – Vs. 16
You may have a grandchild or child who idles at about 90 miles an hour. There are times when she is here, there and everywhere. One minute, you’d see her, and the next minute she is gone! It is hard keeping up with her.
The Holy Spirit is not like your child, or grandchild. The Holy Spirit abides with you and I forever. He does not wander from us. He abides with us forever!
Even when I sin against the Holy Spirit, He does not leave! Ephesians 4:30
When we sin, we might not feel the presence of the Holy Spirit because He is grieved. That doesn’t mean that He’s left. The moment we confess and repent, the Spirit will again be at active work in our lives.
I am also reminded that I cannot lose my salvation. If the Spirit will abide with us forever, that means I will live forever. The Holy Spirit will not have a ministry of comfort in hell!
When Jesus says “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee,” in Hebrews 13:5, we can be assured of the Spirit’s ministry for all eternity.
THE TEACHING SPIRIT – Vs. 26
Here is a glorious promise! Sure God has given us great teachers of the word by whom we have certainly been instructed. But the one who is responsible for our instruction is the Holy Spirit. He teaches us through the Word of God. 1 John 2:20 & 27
Another part of the Holy Spirit’s teaching is mentioned here in John 14:26. We are told that the Holy Spirit would bring into remembrance everything that Jesus had said to them.
God’s Holy Spirit reminds us of things in God’s Word at the right times. The disciples were reminded of things that Jesus said after he had left them, and were, therefore, taught by Holy Spirit through the recalling of Jesus’ words.
We too have the words of Jesus brought to our attention at just the right time.
When we need a word of comfort.
When we need a word of encouragement.
When we need a word of warning.
When we need a word of peace.
When we need a word conviction.
When we need a word of instruction.
When we need to witness.
THE PEACE-GIVING SPIRIT – Vs. 27
I believe Jesus is still thinking of the Spirit’s ministry in this verse. Jesus leaves us peace.
It is a gift that is available to us.
Part of the fruit of the Spirit is peace.
PEACE WITH GOD – Romans 5:1
PEACE OF GOD – Philippians 4:6-7, Isaiah 26:3